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Need help to build a clean PC

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I'm trying to build a PC from clean sources. I'd like to get it up to XP SP3.

I seem to be having a problem in doing so and wondered if anyone on this site could offer advice. The first thing I should say is that I'm testing the PC to see whether it's clean in a particular way. Please have a look at this thread : http://www.geekstogo...alformed-files/

It would help if I knew that the test I'm performing is valid. But in this thread I'm assuming that it is. Please feel free to challenge that assumption - I'd be more than happy.

Next, here's the list of sources that I'm using to build the PC:
- MS windows setup CD with SP 1A
- Floppy disk containing the VIA RAID driver (FD contents built 2005)
- Motherboard supplier CD
- a new USB stick containing XP SP3 exe file plus LibreOffice (2 install files)

Clearly the potential problems are :
- anything already on the PC e.g. in the boot sector or BIOS, that might not be erased by the setup CD
- the floppy disk
- the memory stick

To mitigate these problems I have
- used DBAN on the hard drives, reflashed the BIOS, cleared CMOS memory and RAM
- used more than 1 floppy disk
- confirmed the hash values of the files on the memory stick (which also has an autorun.inf folder to stop it executing when inserted)

Thanks in advance
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The other thread that I referred to is now closed.

LibreOffice DOES create malformed DOC files, assuming you take MS DOCs as the standard.

Therefore my test for 'cleanliness' was not valid. This issue is closed.
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